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Llangynidr Lock No 64 Boat entering lock at Llangynidr
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Quote of the day No 118

Tuesday 25 June 2019

The Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company and its associate, the Shropshire Union Canal Carrying Company, were both controlled by the London and North Western Railway which, because the canal passed through rival railway territory, traded vigorously on it, having a fleet of over two hundred boats in action as late as 1920. In the following year, however, the railway unions insisted that the boatmen and their families who manned these craft should in future only work an eight-hour day like the railwaymen. This typically obtuse egalitarian move, betraying a total ignorance of the very different working conditions on canals, could only have one result: the entire Shropshire Union fleet was dis banded and the boats either broken up or sold to local traders and small carrying concerns. In 1929, some of the latter were still trading on the western branches of the system though upon a much diminished scale. Among these by-traders were the Peate family who used their boats to carry grain from Ellesmere Port on the Mersey to their own mill beside the canal at Maesbury, fifteen miles north of Welshpool. It was from them that Kyrle Willans purchased Cressy. She had been built for the Shropshire Union Canal Carrying Company during the Great War in a dockyard at the northern end of Telford’s great aqueduct at Pont Cysyilte).

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